Casting Call: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Published October 11, 2013

In which we suggest who would star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Through a film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. is extending the wizarding world of Harry Potter. However, much to our dismay, Daniel Radcliffe will not make an appearance, as the film is neither a prequel nor sequel to the Potter series. Authored under the fictional name Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts is a textbook first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone about magical creatures (think Hippogriffs, Quintapeds, and Lethifolds) owned by Harry, Ron, Hermione, and nearly every other student at Hogwarts. Rowling will write the script herself as her first ever screenplay. We don’t know much about the plot, but we we do know the film will begin in 1920s New York—70 years before Harry was sorted into Gryffindor.

At this time, Dumbledore would have been Scamander’s professor; Sirius Black’s great-great-grandfather would have been Scamander’s headmaster. And looking to the future, Scamander’s grandson marries one of our favorite Potter characters: the lovely, yet quirky Luna Lovegood. What better way to anticipate Rowling’s script than to speculate what other characters may appear and who will play them?

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